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Service Change Notice 16-46

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

920 AM EDT Tue Oct 18 2016

 

TO:        Subscribers:

           -NOAA Weather Wire Service

           -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

           -NOAAPORT

           Other NWS partners and NWS employees

 

FROM:      Hugh Cobb

           National Hurricane Center, Tropical Analysis and

           Forecast Branch

 

           Darin Figurskey

           Ocean Prediction Center, Ocean Forecast Branch

 

SUBJECT:   Use of Mixed-Case Text/95 ASCII Character Set in

           National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)

           Marine Interpretation Message (MIM) Products Effective

           November 30, 2016

 

Effective Wednesday, November 30, 2016, both the NCEP National

Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) will

take the next step in their transition of text products to a mixed-

case text/95 ASCII character set format.This phase of the

transition will apply to the Marine Interpretation Message (MIM)

issued by both National Centers.

 

The following text products will be affected:

 

AWIPS ID    WMO ID               Product Name

--------  -----------   ----------------------------------

MIMPAC    AGPN40 KWNM   Marine Weather Discussion for N Pacific

                         Ocean

 

MIMATN    AGNT40 KWNM   Marine Weather Discussion for N Atlantic

                         Ocean

 

MIMATS    AGXX40 KNHC   Marine Weather Discussion for the

                        Southwest N Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean

                        Sea and Gulf of Mexico 

 

This expansion in the number of available mixed-case text products

is a continuation of the NWS transition to the use of mixed-case

letters and the expanded punctuation/character set:

 

Allowed Mixed Case Character Set

"space" ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . /

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ?

@ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O

P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [ \ ] ^ _

` a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o

p q r s t u v w x y z { | } ~

 

Use of mixed-case letters in text products will make them easier to

read and allow users to click on links directly rather than

converting them to lower or mixed case. 

 

An example of a mixed-case text/95ASCII character set MIM for

sample formatting purposes is online at:

 

  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/pns/mim_examples.docx

 

If a Critical Weather Day (CWD) prevents this change on November

30, 2016, the mixed-case text format will begin on the next

suitable day.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

  Hugh Cobb

  NHC, Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch

  305-229-4454

  hugh.cobb@noaa.gov

 

  Darin Figurskey

  OPC, Ocean Forecast Branch

  301-683-1497

  darin.figurskey@noaa.gov

 

National Service Change Notices are online at:

 

  http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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